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12 Books to Read Before Living in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Image used under Flickr Creative Commons license from Ryan Hyde.
From classic narratives of roughing it in the bush to contemporary takes on quirky Alaskan characters, Alaska has inspired writers to reach for superlatives from day one. Here are some of our must-reads authored by Alaskan natives, awestruck visitors, and those who’ve been touched and inspired by the state’s beauty...  Read More

When the Sun Goes Down: Nightlife in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
Nightlife in Alaska
Alaska is famous for its natural beauty and wildlife, but you may be surprised at just how much there is to see and do when the sun goes down – yes, even in the backcountry. Whether you’re finishing up a rafting trip or have spent all day booking tours for...  Read More

8 Different Characters You’re Sure to Meet in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Characters you will meet in Alaska
Alaska is the land of moose, caribou, midnight sun, and a host of characters you’ll only find here on the last frontier. In fact, you’ll have just as much fun turning those spotting scopes towards town as you will towards that massive nest of bald eagles. Look at that –...  Read More

Off the Clock: 10 Things to do in Fairbanks After Your Shift

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
Image used under Creative Commons license by Public Affairs Office Fort Wainwright
  After a long day at work, there’s nothing quite like heading home and watching TV for the next five hours. Or at least, that would be the case if Fairbanks didn’t have a healthy helping of after work activities to offer. Whether you’re looking to get that blood moving,...  Read More

You’re Not Done Yet: 10 Alaska Activities to do Before Summer Ends

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
This image used under Creative Commons license from Andrew Russell
  Just because your summer job has come to an end, doesn’t mean your Alaskan adventure is ancient history quite yet. In fact, with your final paycheck in hand, it’s just beginning! Here is an up close and personal look at the top 10 activities to check off your bucket...  Read More

Teaching the Gold Rush, Part 2: How the Alaska Gold Rush Saved America

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Can you imagine how the prospectors looked when they came back from the Yukon? Frazzled and filthy, skinny and strong, their eyes alight with adventure. They had left their friends and family behind to travel into the unknown only to be met with snowstorms, crooks, and the quiet test of...  Read More

Teaching the Klondike Gold Rush, Part 1: the All-Canada Trail

by Will Wenholz Posted in I ♥ Alaska
This photo by Bob Swanson is used under a Creative Commons license
Teaching the Gold Rush One facet of Alaskan lore that folks never tire hearing about is the Yukon Gold Rush. And why not? Everyone dreams of striking it rich, and some people did just that here on Yukon soil.  Of course, it also spurs a lot of questions. Who were...  Read More

Back Packing Essentials: 9 Items You Need for Hiking in Alaska.

by ATJ Posted in Only in Alaska
Alaska Wilderness
Alaska is the perfect place to go for a hike. Everywhere you look, wildflowers cover the landscape, mountains dominate the sky, and pristine forests hide curious wildlife. But before you walk into the woods unprepared, make sure you have all the essentials for hiking in Alaska. We’re going to assume...  Read More

4 Easy Tips for Your Epic Summer in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Woman in Alaska Snow
When you choose to spend a summer in Alaska, you know you’re in for something special. America’s largest state is home to unforgettable experiences (northern lights, anyone?), gorgeous landscapes (hello Mt. McKinley!), and mouthwatering cuisine (more crab than I can ever eat? I take that as a challenge!). But before...  Read More

Lifetime Friendships: Why Seasonal Jobs Lead to Strong Personal Bonds

by Fernanda Spratt Posted in Off the Clock, The Alaska Experience Blog, Why I Like to Work Here
There’s nothing quite like traveling. The feeling of utter freedom to go wherever you want to is both empowering and scary at the same time. Having a seasonal job evokes similar feelings of independence and vulnerability, which is a large reason why seasonal employees tend to create friendships that last...  Read More